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Mattara Poetry Prize ()
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History

Now known as the Newcastle Poetry Prize. 

In September 1980, Peter Goldman stood in the middle of Civic Park, Newcastle, during the Mattara Festival and handed out an A4 photocopied anthology of poetry to passers-by. The collection featured poems from local Hunter writers, with contributors ranging in age from six to eighty one. This humble anthology paved the way for the first official Mattara Poetry Prize in 1981.

(https://hunterwriterscentre.org/2018/03/20/about-newcastle-poetry-2018/)

Latest Winners / Recipients

1991 winner (Open Section) The Upside-Down Sonnets i "2 days with you", Dorothy Hewett , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Sea's White Edge 1991; (p. 51-64) Peninsula 1994; (p. 95-103) Collected Poems : 1940-1995 1995; (p. 364-370) Western Australian Writing : An Online Anthology 2003; Australian Poetry Library 2004-; Completely Surrounded : Thirty Years of the Newcastle Poetry Prize 1981-2011 2011; (p. 124-131)
1991 joint winner (Under Twenty-Five Section) National Geographic Photos i "Almost invisible, the screen", Judith Bishop , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Sea's White Edge 1991; (p. 22-23)
Shared with Deborah Staines, Venus Port : Blood and Soil Myth : Part 1 (Anna) and Part II (Anna)
1989 winner (Under Twenty-Five Section) In Between the Going - I Came i "In reach now, that piece of river always with new waters", Gabrielle Daviau , 1989 single work poetry
— Appears in: Pictures from an Exhibition 1989; (p. 34-35)
1988 winner Kristopher Saknussemm Bicentennial award
1988 winner (Under Twenty-Five Section) Feasting with Solipsists Robert Carver , 1988 single work poetry
— Appears in: The International Terminal and Other Poems 1988; (p. 15-19)

Works About this Award

Author Takes to the Road on Sales Tour Robert Hefner , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 April 1991; (p. 27)
Talent in Poetry Earns Reward T. H. Naisby , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 11 February 1989; (p. 9)
Bennett Wins Mattara Prize 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 October 1989; (p. B5)
Poetry Prize Winners Named 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 30 September 1989; (p. 4)
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